Type 2 diabetes or increased blood sugar is one of the side effects of statin drugs, according to Mayo Clinic. People taking statin drugs are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and require regular medical checkups, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Taking statin drugs for a long time increases blood sugar, and a patient may develop Type 2 diabetes, according to Mayo Clinic. The risk is small, but high statin levels may lead to a patient becoming diabetic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning on statin drugs, so patients should discuss potential side effects before taking statin drugs, as explained by Mayo Clinic.